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Performance Analysis in Team Sports

1st Edition

By Pedro Passos, Duarte Araújo, Anna Volossovitch


238 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Filling an important gap in performance analysis literature, this book introduces the key concepts and practical applications of performance analysis for team sports. It draws on cutting-edge research to examine individual and collective behaviours across an array of international team sports. Evidencing the close relationship between coaching and performance analysis, it promotes a better understanding of the crucial role of performance analysis in team sports for achieving successful results.

This book not only presents a variety of different ways to analyse performance in team sports, but also demonstrates how scientific data can be used to enrich performance analysis. Part one delineates the main guidelines for research in performance analysis, discussing the characteristics of team sports, coaching processes, variables characterizing performance and methods for team member interaction analysis. Part two drills down into performance analysis across a range of team sports including soccer, basketball, handball, ice hockey, volleyball and rugby.

Performance Analysis in Team Sports is an essential companion for any course or research project on sports performance analysis or sports coaching, and an invaluable reference for professional analysts.

Table of Contents



1. Characteristics of team games

2. Coaching processes in team games

3. Variables characterizing performance and performance indicators in team games

4. Performance issues in team games

5. Team member interaction analysis


6. Research topics in soccer performance

7. Research topics in other football codes (rugby union, rugby league, Aussie rules and American football)

8. Research topics in ice hockey

9. Research topics in basketball

10. Research topics in handball

11. Research topics in volleyball

About the Authors

Pedro Passos is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Duarte Araújo is the Director of the Laboratory of Sport Expertise in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Anna Volossovitch is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sports Performance Analysis

Routledge Studies in Sports Performance Analysis is designed to support students, lecturers and practitioners in all areas of this important and rapidly developing discipline. Books in the series are written by leading international experts in sports performance analysis and cover topics including match analysis, analysis of individual sports and team sports, technique analysis, data analytics, performance analysis for high performance management, and various methodological areas. Drawing on the very latest research, and introducing key concepts and best practice, the series meets a need for accessible, up-to-date texts at all levels of study and work in performance analysis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / Basketball
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / Soccer